Work/Life/Travel Balance Archive


It Was a Very Good Year (of Travel)

I’m obviously not a country counter. I traveled to a couple dozen destinations this year but didn’t go to a single country I haven’t visited before. That’s perfectly fine though since most countries have plenty to see and do beyond whatever you hit the first time. After all, most people move way


The Cheapest Places to Live in the World – 2016

Every year on this long-running blog I do a post on the cheapest places to live in the world. There are seldom drastic changes in the cost of living from year to year, but political changes and exchange rate fluctuations can have a significant impact. The U.S. dollar rules right now, so


How Pricing Works for Organized Travel Tours

If someone books an organized tour or adventure excursion, what determines how much they’ll pay? Where does all that money go? I believe most of the people reading this blog are independent travelers. people who are good at figuring out how to get the best experience for the best price. My general


A Few Random Travel Life Items Worth Buying

I don’t do a lot of product-oriented posts on here unless I’m talking about a book of mine or when it’s time to go get some new travel gear. I figure you’re bombarded with enough “Buy Buy Buy!” messages all day without me piling on constantly. I usually just try to steer


Are You Getting Enough Vacations From Your Labor?

As this post goes up it’s Labor Day in the United States. Traditionally it’s been a day when we celebrate rights taken for granted that had to be fought for by dedicated troublemakers at some point. Things like overtime pay for factory workers, safety regulations, child labor regulations, sick pay, and worker’s